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Our Short History: A Novel | Lauren Grodstein
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Holy. Guacamole. I knew this was going to be a heartwrencher, but I‘m pretty sure the audio made it that much more intense. My emotions were all over the place as I listened, and I mean *all* over the place. It was devastating, but uplifting. I can‘t say much else without spoiling the whole thing for you, but I walked away from this story with a little bird of hope in my chest, despite also feeling sadness. It was the ending I needed.

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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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I received a free copy of The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin from Putnam Books, and I‘ve been reading it in anticipation of its release on Tuesday the 9th. Have you read this book yet?? It is absolutely crushing my emotions. I was expecting it to be good, but I didn‘t expect it to be *this* good. 😳

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This book was intense & pretty difficult to read. Patel didn‘t sugarcoat the struggles of her characters, which, unfortunately, are the struggles of many teens around the world. Yet I saw it as a tribute to them and their perseverance and strength. It‘s an intensely emotional read that is going to make plenty of people uncomfortable, but I think that‘s an important part of the reading experience. And I think everyone should read it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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How awesome is my #allhallowsreadbookexchange package from @That-Bookish-Hiker ?! I need to point out that the orange bag was filled with candy that was devoured almost completely before the books were even opened (#noselfcontrol) and there are 2 pairs of socks that went straight into the wash so I can wear a pair tomorrow (#habit) (#imherefortheboos). Also? Loving the European covers!! Thanks Cristal!! 🎃 👻

That-Bookish-Hiker @AmbityScambity so happy you liked everything! I may have gotten the same socks while I was shopping for you.#noselfcontroleither 2y
emilyhaldi Awesome wrapping!! 🖤🎃 2y
AmbityScambity @emilyhaldi Isn‘t it though?! #nailedit 2y
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All Hallows' Eve: 13 Stories | Vivian Vande Velde
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Woot! Thanks to @That-Bookish-Hiker I can‘t wait for 10/31! 👏🏻👏🏻 Yours will be heading out this week. 😁 #allhallowsreadbookexchange

That-Bookish-Hiker @AmbityScambity yay! I‘m so happy it got there. Can‘t wait for you to open it. 😁 2y
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@SilversReviews this is my favorite idea of the day. 😁 I am kind of obsessed with my #bitmoji and jump at the chance to throw her in any digital conversation I can. (No, really. Just ask my sister or husband.) And yes, mine looks a *lot* like me, RBF and all. Ha!

dariazeoli RBFers unite! 🙌🏻 2y
SilversReviews @AmbityScambity Awwww....so happy to hear this was your favorite idea of the day. It has been a great deal of fun. LOVE your #Bitmoji Thanks for joining in the fun and keep enjoying. :) 2y
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Sisters Red | Jackson Pearce
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Finally opened my exciting #theretellingbookswap package from @bookish_wookish and it‘s awesome! I‘ve never heard of either title, so I‘m excited to give them a read. Sisters Red is a Little Red Riding Hood retelling and Sweetly is Hansel and Gretel. And socks, a bookmark, and page tabs, all of which are some of my favorite things! Thanks for the thoughtfulness Amy! ❤️

bookish_wookish Glad you liked everything!!! 🤗 2y
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Got this exciting package today from @bookish_wookish 🎉 Yours will be delivered Sunday in an Amazon box. . . I may or may not have written my dates wrong thinking I was mailing it Monday. Long story short: free express shipping is a lifesaver. 😂😂 #theretellingbookswap

bookish_wookish 🙌🏻 2y
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Jane Steele | Lyndsay Faye
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I was way too giddy when I opened my #letsgetcozy package. @Sydsavvy you knocked this one out of the park! I‘m super excited to read all 3 of these books, especially Jane Steele - I let out a bit of a scream when I saw it appear from beneath the wrapping - it‘s been on my TBR pile since it first came out. 🎉 Thank you so much!! This totally made my Friday! ❤️📚🙏🏼

Sydsavvy Oh yay! She's so snarky and fun! I absolutely adore Lyndsey Faye, the girl can entertain. Enjoy! 🎉🎊😎 2y
mabell Love the bookmark! 2y
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My #letsgetcozy package arrived and now I'm impatiently counting down the days until Friday. 😊⏳

Sydsavvy 💃🏻🎉🎁❣️ 2y
JazzFeathers I'm stamp envious (stamps collector here 😁) 2y
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Has anyone else joined the #diversebooksclub on GR (they're also on IG)? I'm really looking forward to #reading all of this month's selections and joining into the discussion. #diversebooks #weneeddiversebooks

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Retelling | Surendra Prakash
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I'm so excited! I just signed up for #theretellingbookswap hosted by @Mommamanzi - swapping fairytale retellings! Sign ups go through September 9, and you can find the link in Mommamanzi's feed! 👏🏻👏🏻

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Joan was socially awkward and completely happy to be locked within her own literary worlds. Her story was like peeking behind the facade of “every woman"; she said the things we often find ourselves thinking, but not saying out loud, about being a woman and motherhood. It was an ode to us – the lives we live, the sacrifices we make, our successes. There was an honesty and a beauty in her story that was undeniable. Highly recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

AmbityScambity I received a free copy of this book from @flatironbooks in exchange for my honest review. 2y
KirstieE I love your mug ! 😍 2y
AmbityScambity @KirstieE Thanks! I won it from Booksparks but you can buy it from Hey Shabby Me. 😊 2y
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Sour Heart: Stories | Jenny Zhang
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Hello, Monday. And so we meet again.

#booksandcoffee #mondaymorningvibes

Sydsavvy 😂😂😂 the coffee ☕️ ❣️ 2y
AmbityScambity @Sydsavvy Isn't it perfect? Especially for a Monday. 🤣 2y
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Emma in the Night | Wendy Walker
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I loved that these characters were all so completely untrustworthy and full of themselves. The narrator, Cass, was phenomenally unreliable. Everything about this kept me on my toes until the end. Highly recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#booksparksbookclub

AmbityScambity I received a free copy of this book from #Booksparks in exchange for my honest review. 2y
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I will buy every set of these that they make. The "cute" factor is more than I can handle! ?

Yeah_I_Read I love the Luna one! 2y
AmbityScambity @Yeah_I_Read Isn't she great?! 2y
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The Shark Club | Ann Kidd Taylor
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I had an absolute blast reading this book. It was fun, had a lot of heart, & a great family dynamic. Between the sharks and the family and personal relationships, Maeve had a lot of vulnerabilities in this book, and it was really fun to see how she reacted to them. And oh my gosh, the literary references and quotes! Her grandmother‘s love of all things bookish made my little booknerd ❤️ go pitter-patter. Highly recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

AmbityScambity I received a free copy of this book from #Booksparks in exchange for an honest review. #src2017 2y
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A Rambler Steals Home | Carter Higgins
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Received via #kidlitexchange network for an honest review. This is one of those books that just grabs your heart and never really let‘s go; there‘s a lot of emotion in the story. I absolutely loved that this book took place around the town‘s love of the home team. It was such a great summertime story. Reading it at any time throughout the year will instantly transport the reader to the middle of June and summer vacation. Highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Girl in Between | Sarah Carroll
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The main character (the girl) drew me in from the start. She had an innocence about her, a precociousness that comes with childhood, but also an underlying sense of understanding and that innate self-preservation mode that comes with a difficult life. Told from the girl‘s perspective, details are shared in a way that only a child can get away with (adds a great emotional dimension). Highly recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

AmbityScambity I received this arc free via #kidlitexchange network for an honest review. It's a "teen" book, but I think it'll appeal more to younger middle-grade readers. 2y
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The Goddesses: A Novel | Swan Huntley
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I appreciated that this book really took a deeper look into female friendships. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new voice in women‘s fiction. The characters are really fleshed out well, and regardless of your current lot in life, I think you‘ll be able to find something relatable in Nancy‘s search to find herself again. And did I mention it‘s set in Hawaii? *swoon* ⭐️⭐️⭐️

AmbityScambity I received this book free from Booksparks as part of the #SRC2017 blogger promotion. #booksparks (edited) 2y
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Deception So Deadly | Clara Kensie
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Thank you to the author for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
This was a really exciting #ya read. The characters were unique and engaging, and the storyline and the use of supernatural powers kept it from feeling like anything I've read before.

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Fitness Junkie: A Novel | Lucy Sykes, Jo Piazza
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I had a blast reading this book: sass, snark, & smart, witty & funny characters with very distinct & entertaining personalities; I was never bored reading about them. I also loved that it felt like a sarcastic ode to our society‘s obsession with health and fitness, taking a crack at the insane extremes some people will go to to fit the mold. There was an honesty to these characters that felt authentic. Highly recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

AmbityScambity I received a free copy of this book from Booksparks as part of the #SRC2017 blogger promotion. #booksparks 2y
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Allie and Bea | Catherine Ryan Hyde
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The kitties and I are back at it this morning! Working my way through Allie and Bea for a bit before work to get another hour in towards my #24in48 #readathon goal of 12 hours. I'll be cutting it close, but we'll see how it goes.

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#24in48 is not going as smoothly as planned. I made it through 40 pages of This History of Bees in an hour, and woke with my face planted between the pages 3 times. That super cute, super cuddly, super sleepy kitty isn't helping matters. 😆 I did some laps around the house, so we'll see what the next hour holds. #readathon #24in48readathon

Cinfhen Awesome cover 2y
AmbityScambity @Cinfhen Isn't it?! It's SOOOO shiny! ✨✨ 2y
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By midnight tomorrow I'm hoping to have read 12 hours toward the #readathon. I have a lot of adulting I can't get out of, so 12 may be a stretch. But I'm going for it! So far, I've gotten in a solid 1 hour's worth of #reading and was able to finish the final 100 pages of TPIOSS. Now it's time for a snack, then either The History of Bees or Allie and Bea. Choices, choices. #24in48 #24in48readathon

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Best Day Ever | Kaira Rouda
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This was such a delightfully creepy #domesticthriller, and I loved that it wasn't typical. You definitely want to add this one to your #tbrpile and snag it when it releases in September. Highly recommend ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#tallpoppyauthor #tallpoppyambassador

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Just signed up for the #letsgetcozy Cozy Mystery Book Swap, which is being organized by @cobwebmoth and I'm *super* excited! I'm fairly new to the genre, so this is going to be fun. 😁

cobwebmoth Thanks for signing up!😄 3y
JazzFeathers I've signed too. First time ever l take part in a book swap. I'm nervous and excited 3y
AmbityScambity @cobwebmoth 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
AmbityScambity @JazzFeathers This will only be my second book exchange via Litsy, but I've always had fun with them! 3y
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Interesting characters and really beautiful writing, but I just couldn't stay focused on the story.

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Every Last Lie | Mary Kubica
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Kubica constantly guessing and second-guessing in an attempt to solve the mystery, but she proved me wrong every time. She kept me on my toes and my heart rate and emotions in constant flux; there was never a dull moment reading this book. The characters were also great. I had a love/hate relationship with them, which always makes for an interesting reading experience. Easily my favorite Kubica book to-date. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Marsh King's Daughter | Karen Dionne
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I loved the premise of this book, but it played out too slowly for my tastes. It's definitely a slow burn, but I needed a fast blaze.

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Arboria Park | Katherine Tyler Wall
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The story revolves around a sense of home: what that means for everyone and how different it can be yet how strongly it can pull them together in times of struggle or need. It was really interesting, and sometimes emotional, to see the different situations that kept bringing the Hallorans back to Arboria Park. It made me think of all the reasons I go “back home”.
Touches on a lot of topics great for discussion. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Easily in my top 5 books of 2017. The greatest love story, incredibly selfish people, characters that are amazingly realistic. . . I'm recommending it to everyone. Everyone! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BeyondTheBookends Right? I loved this book soooo much! 3y
AmbityScambity @BeyondTheBookends I laughed, I cried, I yelled profanities. It was fantastic! 3y
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Not gonna lie: made my day. 👊🏻

ruthemmielang Love him 😄 3y
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The Good Widow | Liz Fenton, Lisa Steinke
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Fans of domestic thrillers, twisted plot lines, and unreliable characters need to add this one to their summer reading list ASAP! It kept me guessing from the very beginning, and just when I was convinced I'd ruined the whole thing by guessing the ending, Lis & Lisa showed me just how wrong I was. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cinfhen Stacked!!! 3y
AmbityScambity @Cinfhen 👏🏻👏🏻 I'll be honest and admit that I was nervous about this one - could this women's fiction duo really pull of domestic fiction? Yes, yes they can. And now I'm sitting here hoping they write some more of it! 🤞🏻 3y
JoeStalksBeck I want this book so bad! 3y
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Lift and Separate | Marilyn Simon Rothstein
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This book is a perfect summer read and I can‘t recommend it enough. If you love genuine characters, read this book. if you enjoy being able to relate to the characters‘ situations, read this book. If you like following characters on their journey to becoming stronger better people, read this book. If you love smart, sassy, and truly witty women‘s fiction, you need to read this book. I can‘t say it enough: read it. You won‘t be sorry. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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IN THIS MOMENT | Karma Brown
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I don't know why it's taken me so long to read a book by Karma Brown. This book was really amazing.

Karma likes to present her characters with unexpected pivotal moments, moments that will change their lives forever, and explore their reactions and how they forge through and survive. She did a stellar job with this book and this exploration. I felt the whole thing down to my core. Highly recommend! ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Good Widow | Liz Fenton, Lisa Steinke
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This book was fantastic! It kept me guessing from the very beginning. In fact, I was completely certain that I'd figured it all out by the time I got to page 214. I was way off and was so happy because that's always a disappointment for me-being able to guess the ending. I want to be surprised, and Liz & Lisa delivered! Fans of domestic thrillers, twisted plot lines, and unreliable characters need to add this one to their summer reading list ASAP!

Wife SOLD! 3y
AmbityScambity @Wife 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
Suet624 Stacked. 3y
AmbityScambity @Suet624 Wise move. 👍🏻😆 3y
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My favorite part of commuting is the opportunity to listen to so many good #audiobooks. I had never read Tyler before and chose this one simply because it was available for immediate download through my library. I loved it. I loved the dysfunction and the unconditional love that ran side-by-side in this family. I loved that they felt like home, like people I could understand and relate to. Definitely one to add to your list. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. The characters were smart and witty, and the plot threw some twists and turns in my path that I hadn't anticipated. And I greatly appreciated that Lorie, the main female character, was strong and resourceful. I'll definitely be borrowing this one out to friends. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 #litsyAtoZ #letterQ #popsugarreadingchallenge

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Border Child: A Novel | Michel Stone
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Holy crap, you guys! This book ripped my heart out, threw it on the floor, stomped on it about 100x, then kindly picked it back up & placed it back in my chest. I mean, there's no other way to explain my reaction to reading this book. Lilia and Héctor's journey was absolutely heart-wrenching, yet completely reaffirming of the strength of the bonds of love. What would you do to guarantee happiness for the ones you love? Highly recommend! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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Holy crap, what did I just read? I think everyone needs to read this. Picoult's message is incredibly important. I appreciated her author's note at the end, where she indicated that she wrote this for the white people like her, the ones who don't think they are racist but don't realize that their privilege is all around them. Highly recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Sydsavvy Great review! 2y
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#litsypartyofone checkin: I'm working this weekend, so I'm not getting oodles of reading time in, but I'm doing what I can. I've gotten in an hour or two of this memoir, which has been a very interesting story of the author's family in and around Germany during WWII and her life in Germany in the 80s when she met and fell in love with a Jewish man. #booksparks #memoir

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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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So far today, my #litsypartyofone has consisted of 3 hours worth of #audiobook while adulting. Everything about this book is just a straight gut punch. It is so intense and impossible to walk away from. Wowza!

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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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I got to meet Laini Taylor on Monday. She's awesome! #fangirl #authorsaremyrockstars

Clare_Riley I'll be going to see her at Waterstones in Chester next week - I can't wait!! 😊 3y
ScorpioBookDreams @Clare_Riley I was thinking of seeing her at Newcastle. 3y
AmbityScambity @Clare_Riley @ScorpioBookDreams She's so down to earth! Laura Ruby was there in conversation with her (she wrote Bone Gap) and they chatted like old friends and it was just plain awesome. 3y
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ScorpioBookDreams @AmbityScambity you're definitely making me want to go! 3y
AmbityScambity @ScorpioBookDreams I guarantee you won't regret it! 😉 3y
Clare_Riley I'm really looking forward to it - apparently there will be cake too! What more can you ask for: books and cakes!😆 3y
AmbityScambity @Clare_Riley We didn't get cake. I'm jealous! That would've been divine. 😁 3y
Clare_Riley @AmbityScambity well, we'll see if there really is cake on Wednesday!!😆 3y
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Ill Will: A Novel | Dan Chaon
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Couldn't do it. I stuck it out to the 25% mark and then gave up. It felt too disjointed and I found myself repeatedly struggling to pay attention.

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Our Short History: A Novel | Lauren Grodstein
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#bookmailisthebestmail! Thanks to @AlgonquinBooks for my @24in48 door prize copy of Our Short History by Lauren Grodstein, and @DoubledayBooks for Border Child by Michel Stone - a #Goodreads win!

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Girl in Disguise | Greer Macallister
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•strong female protagonist who takes no crap, is smart & resourceful • historical fiction based on an actual person and events • learned something new and liked it • enjoyed the second half more than the first • ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #popsugarreadingchallenge

LitHousewife Thanks for the review. I'll pick this one up cheap or at the library. 3y
AmbityScambity @LitHousewife 👍🏻 You might also find yourself looking for info on Warne while you're at the library. I'm still fascinated by the Lincoln connection. 3y
LitHousewife @AmbityScambity Thanks for the lead!!! 3y
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The Shadow Land: A Novel | Elizabeth Kostova
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Monday morning/I'm on vacation vibes: book, coffee, and donut. ✔️✔️✔️

Reviewsbylola Perfect vacation morning 😍 3y
Cinfhen Looks pretty perfect 💛 3y
AmbityScambity @Cinfhen Definitely a stellar start to my morning. ☺️ 3y
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The Shadow Land: A Novel | Elizabeth Kostova
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I decided to start this one today when I found myself growing bored with every other title I picked up (it's been one of *those* weeks), and blew through 100+ pages like it was nothing. Granted I still have nearly 400 more to go, but so far I'm completely intrigued. I've read a decent number of reviews from disappointed readers, and I'm really hoping I won't be one of them. 🤞🏻 #currentlyreading #breakingoutofthereadingslump

KellyHerself Omg I'm in the worst reading funk right now! Here's hoping we both break free! 3y
AmbityScambity @KellyHerself I'm blaming the onset of Spring weather. 😆🌷 3y
EricQiao No!!! Don't be bored with TOGIC! I'm still on the edge of my seat waiting for your feedback. 3y
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Cinfhen I can't get into this book, I'm plodding along🙈 3y
AmbityScambity @Cinfhen I am definitely understanding why the storyline isn't drawing everyone in. It seems to be a fairly mellow plot thus far. But at the same time, I've got a lot of questions about what's going on and it seems to be motivating me to keep turning the pages. If you continue with it, good luck! 3y
AmbityScambity @EricQiao TOGIC is moving along quite nicely for me. 👍🏻 3y
Cinfhen Thanks, I feel guilty because it's a review copy and I feel like I need to finish and review even though I'm struggling and normally would bail. 3y
AmbityScambity @Cinfhen But that's an honest review in itself: it didn't hold my interest and I couldn't finish it. I've submitted reviews like that before and I've given a couple examples of what exactly didn't work for me so that others could see where I was coming from. Sometimes the things that don't work for me in a book work really well for someone else, which is why I like to explain. 3y
Cinfhen So true! I always try to give an honest review and some type of feedback even when it's not all glowing. Being able to say this book did not hold my interest is a good place to begin...thanks😊 (edited) 3y
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I really enjoyed this memoir/graphic novel. Not only is it fantastic to look at, but the story was engaging and enlightening. And emotional. I'll admit that I'm not very knowledgeable about Vietnam, especially during the 70s, so Bui's story opened me eyes. And I appreciate hearing it from the perspective of someone who was native to the area who experienced it firsthand. Definitely go read it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #popsugarreadingchallenge

LitsyGetsGraphic Join us in the discussion about this book on 4/29 2y
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